Right before we moved, I was a girl on a mission (okay, not exactly a girl, perhaps a woman in her mid 50's would be more accurate), to sell these three items.
Table: With six chairs and two leaves that weren't even in the picture below. The table was massive, heavy, long, too big really for us.
Buffet: Cute, but we had sold the china that was in it and I am not one that had anything to put in it.
Entertainment center: Okay looking, but where we were moving had a little "nook" for the TV.
I did my best to sell these pieces. Now they were several years old, probably close to 20-30 years old or older, as they were hubby's parents' things, but still in relatively good shape, just dated.
I advertised on Craigslist, I advertised on other sites through Facebook, I promoted them at the garage sales we had. Our original price for the table/chairs was $300, we went down to $100. The buffet $50, we went down to $15 at the garage sale. The entertainment center $50, went down to $10.
Not one bite. No one interested.
And we were getting ready to move and I definitely didn't want these to come with us. I thought of calling Salvation Army or Goodwill and having them come and pick the stuff up but with all that was going on, I just wanted them gone.
So I advertised them for "free" on Craigslist.
The minute I placed them on it for free, no sooner had I clicked "publish ad", my cell phone started ringing, I started getting texts, emails were coming in right and left. I finally turned off my phone, as I had run the ad at night, so I wouldn't hear the texts, or phone calls at night while trying to sleep.
No one wanted them if they had to buy them, but everyone wanted them if they were free.
Within a day, all the items were picked up. I was glad to get them gone.
Right before we moved I also ended up giving away for free a chest of drawers and and electric lawn mower; both again I tried to sell, both again couldn't get them sold. Both again very much wanted items when I advertised them for free. They too were gone within a day after I ran the ad and both again produced lots of emails and texts wanting the items.
I had some funny things with getting rid of all the items. One person said he would pay me $25 if he could come and get all of the items right then. I had just worked down my list, basically first come, first serve. I told him no as I had already arranged with someone else coming the following day. If they didn't show up, I would work my way down to him.
Another person asked if I could deliver the dresser and they would pay me $20. I had to laugh at that. I wanted it gone, not have to deliver it in the process.
I heard a lot of stories of why they needed the furniture. One man had separated from his wife and needed things. A homeless shelter could use the items, they would come immediately for them, but when I text them that they could have the entertainment center, suddenly they wanted dimensions and further details. Several people wanted them because they were remodeling and thought it would be good for what they were doing.
I personally was just glad everything was gone. It would have been nice to have made some money, but the object was for them gone, and gone they were.
I was very careful too about advertising on Craigslist. I know one has to be very careful in doing so. All the items were out in the garage, so no one ever had to enter the house. They came during the day and I tried to have them come by to pick up stuff when hubby was there, but that wasn't all the times possible. So I did text him to let him know when people were there and when they had gone.
Now here I'm looking on Craigslist for some furniture we want to buy.........